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    She knows it’s too early to tell with the strings, but it’s her first soprano and I think she is worried overall it will always sound bright and flat. I came to the worth strings conclusion from old threads, but just seeing if anything new popped up. Thank you all for your time.
    Kiwaya KTS-4 - High G - Living Water
    Moon Bird UC200 - High G - Black Water
    Blackbird Clara Sunburst - Low G - Fremont
    Kanile’a K-2 Premium Concert - High G - Living Water
    KoAloha KCO-10 Acacia - High G - Stock
    Flea Concert - High G - Living Water
    Aiersi OU-31M - High G - Worth

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    Have you played it for her so she can listen to it? Sometimes an instrument sounds so different playing it that our perspective can be odd. Sometimes hearing from the other side can help us adjust our ears a little.

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    Yes, I’ve played it for her. She might just be too much of a tenor fan. I let her know I’ll happily give it a home if she doesn’t want it
    Kiwaya KTS-4 - High G - Living Water
    Moon Bird UC200 - High G - Black Water
    Blackbird Clara Sunburst - Low G - Fremont
    Kanile’a K-2 Premium Concert - High G - Living Water
    KoAloha KCO-10 Acacia - High G - Stock
    Flea Concert - High G - Living Water
    Aiersi OU-31M - High G - Worth

    If you Uke easy, life will be hard. If you Uke hard, life will be easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibes37 View Post
    Yes, I’ve played it for her. She might just be too much of a tenor fan. I let her know I’ll happily give it a home if she doesn’t want it
    Yes, those are terrific instruments! I had one years back that I have always regretted selling

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    I second trying the Martin "Premium" Polygut strings.

    To me they sound excellent on solid mahogany sopranos.
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    Fremont Black Lines are nice. lower tension. Warm sound. Easy to play. You should be able to get two sets out of the Soprano/concert size strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibes37 View Post
    Yes, I’ve played it for her. She might just be too much of a tenor fan. I let her know I’ll happily give it a home if she doesn’t want it
    If I recall correctly those KTS-4s really get very close to the old martin sound. I love the old martin sound but I wonder if she would like a different type of soprano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibes37 View Post
    Yes, I’ve played it for her. She might just be too much of a tenor fan. I let her know I’ll happily give it a home if she doesn’t want it
    Maybe throw a Low G on there? (I know. Low g on a soprano?)

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    It might be some time back but Ken Middleton did a review of this Uke. His take on things was that the stock strings weren’t ideal and that Aquila’s weren’t right for this Martin copy either. He commented favourably on the Worth Strings that he had (previously) fitted but in the video he didn’t say which variant of them he had used. The written comments weren’t clear but, from my reading of the comments, I suspect that BM’s were used.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1DgGqgA_A
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 09-16-2019 at 06:09 AM.

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    She’s not keeping it. She doesn’t like the size. I will probably buy it if she gives me a deal and keep Living Waters on. Worth’s will be on deck. Thanks for all the input. I appreciated all suggestions.
    Kiwaya KTS-4 - High G - Living Water
    Moon Bird UC200 - High G - Black Water
    Blackbird Clara Sunburst - Low G - Fremont
    Kanile’a K-2 Premium Concert - High G - Living Water
    KoAloha KCO-10 Acacia - High G - Stock
    Flea Concert - High G - Living Water
    Aiersi OU-31M - High G - Worth

    If you Uke easy, life will be hard. If you Uke hard, life will be easy.

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